Engineers in Memphis to Study Midtown Flooding Problems

Engineers in Memphis to Study Midtown Flooding Problems

People in parts of Midtown Memphis say they've had it.
MEMPHIS, TN - People in parts of Midtown Memphis say they've had it. Every time it rains, people in certain neighborhoods are flooded out of their homes. The main reasons are Lick Creek overflowing, combined with an out-of-date sewer system.

Residents had the chance to talk with engineers from out-of-town hoping to fix the problems at a meeting Monday Night. A meeting was held at Snowden School in Midtown.

“Those are the things that are scary. You don't expect to have so much water in a residential neighborhood in the middle of Memphis," said Midtown resident Angela Davidson.

Angela Davidson was one of the thousands of people in the Mid-South to fall victim to floods this year. Her street turned into roaring rapids. But, for her Midtown neighborhood, the Vollintine Evergreen area, it doesn't take historic flooding to end up underwater.

She's been documenting the flooding with photos and videos since the 1990s.

“Something big is happening somewhere,” said Davidson. “And I feel like they haven't taken the time to really study it. They're trying to stick Band-Aids on it, and the Band-Aids aren't going to fix it."

Memphis City Councilman Jim Strickland is trying to find a permanent solution.

“If you have flooding problems along Lick Creek,” said Strickland. “This is your best opportunity to talk to the people who are going to plan the solution to the problem."

The City has brought in outside engineering consultants to fix the neighborhood's water woes.

“They're going to tell us how much it would cost to fix it, and my guess is it's going to be substantial," Strickland said.

But Davidson says the cost of doing nothing is higher.

“It's ruining a very nice street,” she said. “I just want a house that my son can feel safe in and not worry when it rains."

The meeting was scheduled to run from 5 pm through 7 pm Monday night Snowden School in Midtown.

Councilman Strickland encouraged people to bring pictures and video of the flooding to the meeting.

A report from the Atlanta-based consulting firm should be complete in the next few months.

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